- Dec 9, 2019
In an opulent Vatican room designed in the 16th century for papal meetings with kings, a cardinal read, “We confess that we have shielded the guilty and have silenced those who have been harmed.”
As Pope Francis’s summit on the protection of minors is set to conclude, women have had a leading voice in the discussion, giving several keynote speeches urging greater accountability, transparency and ownership of the problem of child sexual abuse at a global level.
There is a “long road ahead of us” to implement all the norms necessary to fight clerical sexual abuse, according to Archbishop Philip Naameh of Tamale.
At a Vatican news conference Saturday, several members of the pope’s A-team on the abuse crisis called for greater transparency.
The legal loopholes that have allowed Catholic bishops to escape sanction when they cover up clergy sex abuse cases may be closing.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, a key papal ally, called for reconsidering the scope of papal secrecy during Francis’s anti-abuse summit on Saturday.